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Environmental Racism

Mike Pence's Environmental Racism

John Halstead | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics
John Halstead

Outgoing Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be sworn in as Vice-President of the United States on January 20th. Pence has been criticized for a variety of reasons recently, but one area that deserves more attention is his environmental racism.

It's Harder to Breathe with White Privilege in the Air

Sabrina Sultana | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Sabrina Sultana

Image by Bronx Climate Justice North The South Bronx is notorious for its high rates of asthma among racial minorities as a result of their proximity...

Why Does Louisville Have One of the Shortest Lifespans in the Nation? Junk Science and Negative Impacts of Pollution

Gregory D. Squires | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Gregory D. Squires

What's it like to live in Louisville, Kentucky with one of the shortest lifespans in the U.S.? This fact may be unknown to most but it is frightening those whose lives are needlessly cut short.

Confronting Our Toxic Legacy

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Tick, tick, tick. This is the threat we face: toxic soil, water and air, our legacy of two centuries of industrial ignorance and recklessness, combined with something even worse: militarism and the arrogance of empire.

The Racist Roots Of Flint's Water Crisis

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The contaminated water disaster flowing through one of Michigan’s poorest, blackest cities is tainted by poverty and racism. Since Apr...

Flint Crisis Could Help Fight An Injustice Plaguing Minority Communities

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact

National outrage at the poisoning of a predominantly poor and black city’s water supply is bringing unprecedented attention to environmental justice...

Facing the Hard Rock of Flint

Byron Williams | Posted 02.01.2017 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

Through the lens of rankism, it becomes understandable why the complaints in May 2014 by Flint resident Bethany Hazard of a murky, foamy water coming from her taps went nowhere. She was told instead that Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) analysis of the water met with state standards.

Race Is in the Air We Breathe and the Water We Drink: The Moral Failure in Flint

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.28.2017 | Politics
Jim Wallis

How would you feel if you realized your children's water was being poisoned, and your government didn't seem to care? That's the story of the parents of 8,000 mostly poor and black children in Flint, Mich., that has finally hit our media front pages. The fact that most Americans realize this would never happen in affluent white Michigan suburbs (or any other white affluent communities in our country), still doesn't penetrate our very souls. This fundamental contrast between black and white experiences in Michigan, just north of my hometown of Detroit, points to the structural racism that is still the primary moral contradiction of American life.

Black Americans Are Half As Likely As Whites To Be Very Confident Their Water Is Safe

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

Americans nationwide are following the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. But few are really worried about their own water, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey...

Did the EPA Fail to Protect a Black Community from Environmental Racism? | Posted 01.19.2017 | Black Voices

The EPA's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for guarding against discriminatory practices or outcomes among EPA funding recipients. But strangely enough out of 298 complaints filed across 22 years, the OCR has never made a finding of discrimination.

What Do the Ferguson Movement, the Charleston Killings and Oil Trains Have in Common?

Todd Paglia | Posted 07.03.2016 | Black Voices
Todd Paglia

Little by little, we are getting closer to a deeper conversation about race -- and what we can do to correct our ugly history so that the actions of the future are not continuously bound by the racist policies and practices of the past. We are not there yet, but this issue isn't going away.

Black Futures Must Involve Environmental Justice

Keith Rushing | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

I truly hope Obama ignores the noise and pushes the EPA to set a strong standard that will adequately protect public health based on the science, which is what the Clean Air Act requires.

Waiting For Environmental Justice to Come

David A. Love | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Environmental toxins and pollutants know no class or race, and yet government policies and corporate activities place an undue burden on the health of the poor and communities of color.

Racism's in the Air: Race Is the Determining Factor When It Comes to Who Breathes Bad Air

Javier Sierra | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

For decades the environmental justice movement has insisted that pollution is just another form of racism. Now a University of Minnesota study is conclusively confirming this painful reality.

Environmental Justice Should Not Be an Either/Or Proposition

Matthew Chapman | Posted 04.27.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Because of the power of real estate interests (in this particular case), we are now set against each other, perplexed, lashing out.

Dear Bill Thompson, About That Gigantic Bloomberg Dump...

Matthew Chapman | Posted 11.13.2013 | New York
Matthew Chapman

I can't speak for anyone else, but I will support you if you continue. However, if you decide to leave the race and want to reward your most stalwart and effective supporters, here's how.

Bloomberg's Last Dump: The Great Upper East Side Garbage Swindle

Matthew Chapman | Posted 11.03.2013 | New York
Matthew Chapman

There's a mayor's race underway and pugnacious outgoing Mayor Bloomberg has found a way to continue whacking his opponents (and even his friends!) in the nose long after he's gone.

Lynne Peeples

Keystone XL's Sacrifice Zone: 'This Is Obviously Environmental Racism' | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green

Plumes of smoke, billowing in various shades from white to black, frequently fill the skies over the Manchester neighborhood of Houston. It's no wonde...

Latina Activist Stands up to an Industry Sick With Greed

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Javier Sierra

The pipeline -- a project that must be first approved by President Obama -- would transport millions of barrels of a type of crude that contains 20 percent more carbon than the conventional kind. Scientists have warned that if this project were completed, it would mean game over for the planet's climate.

Green Power or White Privilege?

Cali Slaughter | Posted 07.02.2011 | Chicago
Cali Slaughter

The struggle against Fisk and Crawford power plants has been ongoing for decades. Today the issue has effectively perked the ears of politicians. How influenced were they by the rapid gentrification of Pilsen?

Chevron's Terrestrial Oil Spill: Less Media, More Insidious Than Gulf Slick

Starre Vartan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Starre Vartan

Beth Doane has seen the impact of oil spills on communities, first-hand. And unlike the recent oil spill in the Gulf that's got the world's attention, Chevron's negligence in the Ecuadorian Amazon has been ignored for decades.

Siting Nukes in a Poor Black Town -- If A Black President Does It, Is It Still Environmental Racism?

Bruce Dixon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bruce Dixon

In the weeks since Obama announced $8.3 billion in loan guarantees to build new nuclear reactors in mostly black Burke County, GA, the inconvenient questions continue to pile up.

Abandoning Justice for Power in South Africa

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michelle Chen

In a country that has broken so much ground for global human rights, the hurdle of climate justice remains insurmountable.

Lands, Sacred Spaces Part of US Human Rights Review

Valerie Taliman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Valerie Taliman

The "listening session" held by the U.S. State Department drew more than 100 Native leaders, legal scholars and human rights activists. Testimonies covered rights to self-determination, land, natural resources, sacred sites and religious freedom.

Africville apology is a start, not an end

Mike Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mike Barber

Last week's apology by city of Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly, for the evictions and razing of the African-Canadian community of Africville in Nova Scotia ...